A recurring theme (of interest from a technology transfer point of view) at the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry Conference this week in Pittsburgh was the need for data to support research. Beth Larry, USDA FS Urban Research, spoke of this need at the closing session when she outlined the connection between partners, research and the process:
- research direction (from the field)
- research design
- the need for data (from a range of sources)
- science delivery to “bridge science & practice” (back to the field)
At concurrent sessions that morning, Lara Roman, USDA FS Research Ecologist, introduced the national network for tree growth & mortality (www.urbantreegrowth.org). Following Lara was Theresa Crimmins, Nat’l Outreach Director for the National Phenology Network with a presentation on Nature’s Notebook. This national database records life stages (e.g. tree leafout, blossoms, seed development, fall color) of plants (and animals) and the information has research and practical applications of relevance to local volunteer tree groups, and their community U&CF programs. She highlighted recent work with Casey Trees in Washington, DC.
Earlier in the week Theresa made a similar presentation to the Society of Municipal Arborists and encouraged municipal and other professional arborists & urban foresters to get involved and involve their communities.
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